FA Cup Final on US Broadcast TV for First Time Ever


via press release:



FOX Sports Presents Manchester City/Wigan Athletic Clash Live This Saturday;

Gus Johnson and Ian Wright Call Match from Historic Wembley Stadium


Los Angeles — Perhaps it’s fitting that on the 150th anniversary of England’s Football Association, the final of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament, is airing in the United States for the first time ever on broadcast television. Such is the case when, in true David and Goliath fashion, Manchester City and Wigan square off live on FOX, Saturday, May 11 (12:00-2:30 PM ET).  FOX Sports renowned play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson calls the action with analysis from former England international standout Ian Wright live from London’s historic Wembley Stadium.


One of the wealthiest clubs in the world, big-spending Manchester City is a five-time FA Cup champion and is jam-packed with star players such as Argentine striker Sergio Aguero and Spanish midfielder David Silva. In the past two years, the Citizens have won major trophies including the 2011 FA Cup and the 2012 Barclays Premier League title and have already locked up qualification for the UEFA Champions League next season. On the other end of the spectrum, Wigan Athletic sits in 18th place, and the squad’s battle to avoid relegation to the lower division seems bleak. However, despite financial woes and player salary reductions, the Latics prepare to pull off a historic upset in their first-ever FA Cup Final appearance in the club’s 81-year history.


Each year, the winner of the FA Cup competition automatically qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, the second-most prestigious pan-European club competition after the UEFA Champions League. With Manchester City having already qualified for the Champions League due to its position in the Premier League, whatever Saturday’s result holds, Wigan gains a place in the Europa League, another significant first for the club.


FOX Soccer’s Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride break down all the FA Cup Final action live from the Los Angeles studios. Fans can follow along with real-times updates on America’s most visited soccer destination, FOXSoccer.com, and engage on Facebook and Twitter (@FOXSoccer). McBride hosts a Twitter chat from his handle (@BMcBride20) using the hashtag #HeyBrian. Viewers can also see an encore presentation of the match later that day at 5:00 PM ET on FOX Soccer.


Following the FA Cup Final, FOX Sports presents a special UEFA Champions League Final preview, THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY (2:30-3:00 PM ET) on FOX. The show relives the journey of the two remaining powerhouse teams, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, leading up to the grand all-German finale, also at Wembley Stadium (live on FOX, Saturday, May 25 (2:00-5:00 PM ET). Johnson hosts the show alongside former England captain and Barclays Premier League all-time record goal scorer Alan Shearer from London.



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